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Charging

The USB Utility Charge Tool contains four commonly-used fold-out plugs, for charging your ...

For several years now, it’s been possible to buy Swiss Army Knives with flash drives. The USB Utility Charge Tool, while it’s obviously inspired by the Swiss Army Knife, is a little different – it contains four fold-out plugs for charging or syncing your electronic devices.  Read More

Fuel just might be the world smallest phone charger

Devotec Industries is launching a new product on Kickstarter that just might be the world's smallest emergency phone charging device. It's designed to be easily carried on a key ring, and everything needed to top up a phone is crammed inside a space smaller than the keys themselves.  Read More

BioLite users can now grill, sear, boil – and charge their iPhone – with one stove set-up

Since its introduction a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove has received much acclaim, winning multiple nominations and awards, including a selection for our top camping gadgets list. Thanks to the added function of electricity generation, the new stove appeals to more than just crunchy outdoor folks muling sweat-stained packs; it appeals to tech and gadget lovers, too. The BioLite's general market appeal is sure to broaden with the recent addition of a new accessory: a grill.  Read More

The handheld Electromagnetic Harvester allegedly charges a AA battery using just the elect...

We're surrounded by electromagnetic fields almost everywhere these days. Just because they're almost imperceptible doesn't mean they can't be used as a source of energy though. One student in Germany recently built the Electromagnetic Harvester, a small box that allegedly charges an AA battery using just the electromagnetic fields given off by the likes of power lines, vehicles and electronic gadgets.  Read More

Sights like this will soon be more commonplace across the U.S. with Nissan planning to rol...

Nissan is looking to make it easier for U.S. owners of its LEAF and other electric vehicles to charge their batteries when out and about. Over the next 18 months the automaker plans to add at least 500 quick-charging stations across the country, with the roll out to include the first fast-charge network for the greater Washington D.C. area.  Read More

The USB Micro Light charging cable features an integrated LED light to help users find the...

For many of us, the last thing we do before going to bed is to plug in and charge the smartphone. There are occasions, though, when fatigue gets the better of you and this important task gets forgotten until all the lights are out. That's where the USB Micro Light charging cable comes into the picture.  Read More

The Pivot Power Mini is a collapsible adapter that transforms one electrical socket into t...

These days, almost any traveler carries one or more gadgets with them wherever they go, from a smartphone to a tablet to a laptop or a camera. But once you're actually in an airport or hotel, trying to find enough outlets to charge all these devices isn't always easy. That's why one inventor devised the Pivot Power Mini, a travel adapter that transforms one electrical socket into four different outlets.  Read More

The POP charging station from Edison Junior prompted a policy change from Apple

Last week, after Apple pulled the plug on the POP multi-device charging station crowdfunding campaign, the device was set to claim the dubious honor of becoming the largest refund from a Kickstarter project to date. After exceeding its funding goal almost three times over, Apple informed the device’s creator, James Siminoff, that its licensing rules wouldn’t allow a device that featured both Lightning and 30-pin adapters. Apple says it has now reviewed its specifications, possibly giving POP the green light.  Read More

Georgia Tech researcher Zhong Lin Wang holds the components of a new self-charging power c...

Systems that convert kinetic energy into electric energy have made great strides in recent times, from mobile phone charging bicycle dynamos to tiles that turn footsteps into electrical energy. Recently researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have come up with what they believe is a more efficient approach – a self-charging power cell that directly converts mechanical energy to chemical energy and stores the power for release as an electrical current.  Read More

M&C Lighting has added two new models to its range of LED desk lamp which all feature inte...

Unfortunately, as our collection of consumer gadgetry increases, so does the number of different power charging cables piled up at the edge of the desk. Hong Kong's M&C Lighting t'Light desk lamps promise to help reduce the tangled mound by incorporating charging ports in the base. Each of the company's four models packs a USB charging port and comes supplied with multi-tip cables compatible with various brand mobile phones and notebooks. Two of them also have an integrated iPod/iPhone dock and a power outlet for notebooks, and there's one with built-in stereo speakers.  Read More

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